Ice Breaker

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Excerpt from "'Should I Buy It?' - Ice Breaker & Other Exotics" (Jan. 16th, 2015)

Yes, you should buy Ice Breaker immediately. No question.

Ice Breaker is one of the most critical weapons for a Guardian to own in PVE. Why? Ammo regeneration. It starts with 0 ammo, but generates 1 shot per ~4 to 5 seconds. If you're burning through a full clip of 6, you'll get 7-8 shots off before needing to switch/wait. Even better? You can use Ice Breaker to generate ammo for another Special Weapon. Equip it until the clip reaches 6, then switch; it won't give you much, but it can make a huge difference.

As if you needed another reason, its main talent causes kills to explode. It's similar to the Firefly talent, but doesn't need a precision kill. Extremely satisfying on clouds of Thrall. For bosses, we now prefer Black Hammer – but we all know Ice Breaker is the original infinite ammo Solar sniper.

"Downsides": Can't pick up ammo. Max clip of 6. Kicks like a mule.

PVP: It's not the best for PVP. Low Rate of Fire. Worst-in-class Stability (24). Start with 0 ammo on-spawn. Even though it does great damage on body shots, you'll frequently prefer a Sniper Rifle with a quicker Rate of Fire. Upside: with a Defender's Weapons of Light, you can get one-hit body shots.

Where to get Ice Breaker

Nightfall

This item can drop from Nightfall activities.

Prison of Elders

This item can drop as a Prison of Elders reward.

Crucible

This item can drop as a Crucible match reward.

Vault of Glass

This item can drop in the Vault of Glass Raid.

Crota's End

This item can drop during the Crota's End Raid.

Strike

This item can drop as a Strike reward. Exotic items can only drop from the most challenging Strike playlist.

Unknown

This item can drop in situationally dependent ways.

Xûr, Agent of the Nine

Xûr, Agent of the Nine, sometimes sells this item in the Tower.